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Whither Germany’s Defense Modernization?

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Checking in on the progress of Chancellor Scholz’s sweeping modernization of Germany’s armed forces.

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The Ukraine Peace Proposal: Shadows of Versailles

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The rumored peace deal being tabled does not represent true rapprochement, and as such simply risks fueling new conflicts in the future.

China-Africa Relations in Review

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Contrary to popular belief, the value of Africa to contemporary Chinese statecraft is overwhelmingly political rather than economic.

Can Putin Pull Belarus into Ukraine War?

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Lukashenko has avoided direct involvement so far, but the screws are tightening as Russian losses mount in eastern Ukraine.

EU vs RT: A Propaganda Chess Match for the Ages

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It’s no easy task for EU states to get ahead of Russian propaganda, as evidenced by the resilience of RT France content despite official bans.

Qatar Uneasy amid Iran Protests

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The Qatari monarchy is all too aware that Tehran’s upheaval today could be Doha’s uprising tomorrow, and responds to the Masha Amini protests accordingly.

Debt & Downturn Complicate ECB’s Inflation Fight

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Though recent data suggests that inflation may have peaked, euro zone economies are hardly out of the woods yet.

Democracy in Armenia: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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Armenians can only watch in horror as their democratic hero becomes as authoritarian as the regime he once helped overthrow.

China Covid Protests: Xi’s Largest Test Yet

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If the past is any guide, the hammer is about to come down on China’s Covid protestors.

Can US Corporate Debt Markets Weather a Recession?

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With a recession looming on the horizon, the COVID-era grace period of cheap money has nearly run its course.

The Impact of Designating Russia a Terrorist State

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The European Parliament’s move represents an important step, but complacency is a risk as the Ukraine war drags into 2023.

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